\ ˈstȯrk How to pronounce stork (audio) \

Definition of stork

: any of various large wading birds (family Ciconiidae) chiefly of Asia, Africa, and South America that have long stout bills and are related to the ibises and herons

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Recent Examples on the Web Medic 1 now sports four stork stickers just behind the driver’s door, three blue and one pink for the four babies born inside the squad. cleveland, "Scouts honor firefighters/medics as their heroes: Olmsted Dates and Data," 30 Apr. 2021 The hospital gave Owen, who has worked at HCMC since July, a pink stork pin for her vest and an award that names her an honorary midwife. Peter Warren, Star Tribune, "Baby born in Minneapolis hospital drop-off zone named after security officer who helped deliver her," 15 Mar. 2021 The stork of journalistic gold nuggets dropped several gifts our way. Nick Allen, Vulture, "How Allen v. Farrow Obtained Never-Before-Seen Home Videotapes and Lost Documents," 7 Mar. 2021 Hard to imagine how the stork got off the ground carrying that much athleticism. Nick Canepa Columnist, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Column: Tatis deal another sign the Padres have moved to the adults table," 20 Feb. 2021 Wanda’s at home, where the glitches are getting more extreme and the stork from episode three even makes a cameo appearance. Abraham Riesman, Vulture, "WandaVision Recap: Confessional of a Dangerous Mind," 19 Feb. 2021 The skycrane would gently lower the rover, attached to it by bridle cords, to solid ground, like a stork depositing a baby. Sarah Scoles, Wired, "NASA Lands the Perseverance Rover on Mars," 18 Feb. 2021 The zoo said the training helped the staff members act quickly to relocate the stork. Mckenna Oxenden,, "Saddle-billed stork wanders off from habitat at Maryland Zoo on Tuesday," 18 Aug. 2020 The Parc National de Forêts is a nesting home of the black stork, which flies 3,500 miles from the West African coast. Josh Edelson, National Geographic, "After the explosions, how will a jewel of the world rebuild?," 8 Sep. 2020

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First Known Use of stork

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for stork

Middle English, from Old English storc; akin to Old High German storah stork and probably to Old English stearc stiff — more at stark

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The first known use of stork was before the 12th century

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“Stork.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of stork

: a large bird that has long legs and a long bill and neck


\ ˈstȯrk How to pronounce stork (audio) \

Kids Definition of stork

: a large wading bird that has a long heavy bill and long legs and builds large nests usually in trees or on the top of roofs and poles

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